WorldBoston Recommends 06/12/23 – 06/16/23

Dear Friends,

Welcome to this week's WorldBoston Recommends email, highlighting high-quality programming for the upcoming week, special opportunities, and event recordings, whether our own, from other World Affairs Councils, or other excellent venues. 

Please let us know if you have upcoming events you'd like considered for inclusion here, and also keep in mind opportunities we might feature. (Please suggest items by close of business on Thursdays.)

We hope these recommendations help you stay internationally engaged, wherever you may be.

Best regards,

Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO

Chat & Chowder with Hassan Abbas | The Return of the Taliban: Afghanistan after the Americans Left

Hybrid Event

Monday, June 12

6:00 – 7:30 PM ET

What is the Taliban’s strategy now that they’ve returned to power? Join us for our last Chat & Chowder program of the spring season when we host Dr. Hassan Abbas, Distinguished Professor of International Relations at the National Defense University, to discuss the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan.


Global Technological Standards and Geopolitics

Monday, June 12

12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

As the geopolitical race for critical technologies expands, many countries are working to expand their roles in the development of global standards. Join the Hudson Institute, featuring Thomas J. Duesterberg, Fredrik Erixon, Agatha Kratz, and Nigel Cory, for a discussion about maintaining a global standardization system.


U.S.-China Crisis Communications in Dire Straits

Tuesday, June 13

10:00 – 11:30 AM ET

Amid intensifying strategic competition, there is a growing danger that an inadvertent crisis between the U.S. and China could catalyze a military clash. Join the United States Institute of Peace, with Chad Sbragia, Devin Ellis, and Michael D. Swaine for a discussion on the challenges of U.S.-China crisis management. 


Building a Career in U.S. Foreign Policy: A Summer Staffer's Guide

Tuesday, June 13

5:00 – 7:30 PM ET

In an increasingly globalized world, building a skilled workforce in U.S. foreign policy is paramount to continued global leadership. Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Black Professionals in International Affairs for a special event for young professional on navigating careers in foreign policy.


What's Happening in Iraq?

Wednesday, June 14

1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Join the International Relations Council of Kansas City for a discussion of the current political situation in Iraq and its global context with Noah Ross, Deputy Regional Security Officer for Protective Operations at the Embassy in Baghdad, and Colonel Frank Klimas, Air Force Foreign Affairs Officer for the Middle East and North Africa.


How Sanctions Impact the Global Economy

Thursday, June 15

3:00 – 4:00 PM ET


Sanctions have become an important tool of modern statecraft, however, as they become more extensive, are they effective? Join the World Affairs Council of Seattle for a conversation with leading sanctions expert Justyna Gudzowska, to explore if and when sanctions work and who ultimately bears the cost of proliferating sanctions.


Judicial Reform in Ukraine: A Challenge That Must Be Met

Hybrid Event

Thursday, June 15

5:30 – 8:00 PM ET

Join the Pioneer Public Interest Law Center for a conversation with Robert J. Cordy, former Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and Bohdan Vitvitsky, former federal prosecutor and U.S. diplomat in the American Embassy in Kyiv, about ongoing legal reform efforts in Ukraine.


Harvard International Review Essay Contest

The Harvard International Review is a quarterly magazine offering insight on international affairs from the perspectives of scholars, leaders, and policymakers. This writing contest is open to submissions from high school students on topics related to international affairs. Participants in the contest should submit a short-form article on a topic in international affairs, and a number of contestants will be selected as finalists to participate in a virtual HIR Defense Day. The submission deadline is August 31.


The Journal of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

The aim of Ethics & International Affairs, the quarterly journal of the Carnegie Council, is to help close the gap between theory and practice by featuring articles, essays, and book reviews that integrate rigorous thinking about principles of ethics and justice into discussions of practical issues related to policy, global institutions, and international actors. The journal is accepting submissions of features and essays, as well as online exclusive submissions to appear on their website on a rolling basis.


WorldBoston Event Reporting

Interested in international affairs and journalism? Then volunteer to report on WorldBoston's Global Engagement events! We are seeking individuals to write an article about one of our public programs: Chat & Chowder, Great Decisions, or special events. The selected reporter will be responsible for creating an event recap, which will be posted on our website blog and amplified on social media. For programs with a ticket price, like Chat & Chowder, the reporter will get two free tickets to attend the event with a guest. For more information and to apply for a particular program, please email Natalie Mase, Director of Operations and Global Engagement Programs.


Realist Review Article Submission

Realist Review is a volunteer-run foreign policy publication that seeks to provide a fresh perspective on U.S. foreign policy based in restraint. The publication is accepting submissions from anyone interested in writing a commentary or analysis piece that expresses a perspective on policies or developments in international affairs and diplomacy. Accepted submissions will be published on their website.


WCAPS GenZers Program

The Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security is establishing a GenZer Program (“GenZep”) to welcome young girls of color from junior high through college into WCAPS membership. GenZep will host discussions on topics of peace and security, foreign policy, mentorship, and challenges unique to this time in their lives that benefit the group.

Have you taken our What in the World? quiz yet this week?
Test your international affairs knowledge! Check @WorldBoston on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram every Monday, or email Natalie Mase to receive the quiz by email every week.
For last week's high scores and more information visit our website here.


Check out our event recordings!

Video recordings of our events are available on our YouTube Channel, thanks to the excellent work of our media partners at GBH Forum Network.

Chat & Chowder on U.S.-Taiwan Relations, featuring Ryan Hass, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution

Great Decisions on Climate Migration, featuring Karen Jacobsen, Professor in Global Migration at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

The State of the State Department & Baltic Security, featuring Ambassador Audra Plepytė, Ambassador Kristjan Prikk, Ambassador Māris Selga, and Ambassador Paula Dobriansky

Great Decisions on Global Famine, featuring Kimberly Flowers, international development consultant, and Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation

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